Lynn Hoppes during his time at the Orlando Sentinel, with APSE plaques stacked up behind him.

The Associated Press Sports Editors celebrates its 50th year in 2023. A series of interviews with the organization’s past presidents will be unveiled throughout the year to mark this milestone. 

Lynn Hoppes was the APSE president in 2008-09 while he was sports editor at The Orlando Sentinel and senior director at He is interviewed by St. Louis Post-Dispatch digital sports editor Erik Hall. 

He reflects on how the experience of attending an APSE convention in Orlando inspired him to pursue becoming president of the organization. When he became president of APSE, he called it a revolution in reference to Tommy Lee Jones’ character in “Under Siege.” 

Hoppes talks about the great talent that he worked with at the Orlando Sentinel, including APSE presidents Tim Stephens and Van McKenzie. He also gives insight into some of his time working at ESPN and the opportunity to edit Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s writing. 

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If you are a former APSE president and have yet to conduct or schedule an interview, reach out to Erik Hall at